Teaching English to Teens and Pre-Teens

Approaches, practices and mindsets we need to to develop in our learners and in ourselves as teachers.

  • Understanding development from childhood to adulthood: The cognitive, physical, social, and emotional changes taking place.

  • Building the platform for learning to happen through looking at behaviour (ours, not theirs), classroom management, trust, and rapport.

  • Teaching approaches and ideas for activities.

Reviews

5 star rating

Enlightening and Educational

Anne Hogan

It was a very engaging course to not only educate based on knowledge off adolescents - but also enlighten on how they are changing and why. Very much enjoyed the platform and the types of ways the course was put together.

It was a very engaging course to not only educate based on knowledge off adolescents - but also enlighten on how they are changing and why. Very much enjoyed the platform and the types of ways the course was put together.

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5 star rating

Teaching pre-teens and teens effectively in the English Language Classroom.

Jaime Cortes

This is a wonderful collection of very well founded advice to understand the behaviour of pre teens and teens. Thanks.

This is a wonderful collection of very well founded advice to understand the behaviour of pre teens and teens. Thanks.

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The Experts Behind this Course

On the Ground in the Classroom

James Heal

Course Writer and Online Workshop Presenter

James Santana Heal is the teen expert behind this course along with Emma Pratt. James has been teaching at the British Institute of Seville for the last 17 years, having taught previously in the United Kingdom, Poland and Indonesia. He has taught all ages, but has a particular speciality: he's recognised by his teaching colleagues as having "the touch" with teens. He is interested in teacher training, encouraging students to become autonomous learners and the use of student- generated materials. He has published several articles in the ETP magazine on differentiation and routines with young learners. He has a degree in Modern and Contemporary History, a CELTA and Delta.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Understanding The Mind and How it Develops: Childhood to Adulthood

    • Welcome and thanks for joining me!

    • The Pre-Teen Diaries I

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Well-Being

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Task

    • What to Expect in This Module

    • The Pre-Teen Diaries II

    • Feedback

    • Forming a Good Base for Well-Being in Childhood

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Mental States

    • Illustration and Art as Platforms for Talking about Emotions

    • What age group do we actually talk about when we say “Teens” or "Pre-Teens"?

    • Our Beliefs About Teaching English Across the Spectrum of Ages

    • Ways to Adapt this Last Activity for Your Classroom

    • What are Puberty and Adolescence? When Does Adolescence Start and Finish?

    • Myths About Teens

    • What Neurological Developments are Taking Place During Adolescence?

    • True or False: As a Result of the Neurological Changes Taking Place, What are Adolescents and Pre-Adolescents Like?

    • Further Reading: Bolstering self-critical children who tend to talk themselves down

  • 2

    Setting up the Culture of Your Classroom: Building Rapport

    • The Pre-Teen Diaries III

    • A Story About My Nephew

    • What Makes a Good Teacher? Students Tell Us What They Think.

    • Teen Teacher Extraordinaire: Jame's Ten Tips for Building Rapport

    • Our Lizard Brain I: Anger, Stress, Panic and Meltdowns

    • Our Lizard Brain II: Strategies for Managing it and Modelling Control to Our Students.

    • Time to Reflect and Set Some Goals

    • Further Reading

Got a Question? Contact the tutor.

Tutor: Emma Pratt